Microsoft Deployment Toolkit technologies eliminate interaction time required to install desktop and server operating systems. Interaction at the targeted computer may take a few moments using the Lite Touch Installation (LTI) method or it can be completely automated using Zero Touch Installation (ZTI). Zero Touch Installation utilizes Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 or Systems Management Server 2003 with the Operating System Deployment Feature Pack. Lite Touch Installation can be used when software distribution tools are not in place.
Microsoft Deployment Tookit 2008 Update 1 also uses Configuration Manager 2007’s stand-alone media-initiated operating system deployment feature. This release offers project management guidance for all deployment roles and separates technical documentation for the products and technologies to facilitate automation tasks.
What’s New in MDT 2008 Update 1?
MDT 2008 Update 1 includes new capability for OEM preload scenarios, a revised System Center Operations Manager Management Pack, bug fixes, and revised documentation. The installer package of this updated version provides guidance only in the .chm help file format.
MDT 2008 Update 1 enables deployment of the following Microsoft products:
- Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate (32 and 64 bit) RTM and SP1
- Office Professional, Professional Plus, Enterprise, and Ultimate 2007
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows Server 2003 R2 (32 and 64 bit)
- Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 and Service Pack 3 (32 and 64 bit) or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Choosing the Right Version
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2008 Update 1 is offered in two versions to support Solution Accelerator component installation on x64 or x86 hosts. Select the version that corresponds with your host hardware type. Both versions of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit support deployment of x86 and x64 Windows operating systems.
The Quick Start and Getting Started guides for MDT 2008 Update 1 are available as a separate download on this page for those who want to quickly evaluate MDT by viewing condensed, step-by-step instructions for using it to install Windows operating systems.
Note If you are upgrading from a previous version of Microsoft Deployment, follow the instructions available here in order to preserve the deployment point configuration.
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